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Look Into Me by VAngelLJ Look Into Me by VAngelLJ
Avril has such expressive eyes, and I've tried to capture that without doing it in a photorealism style - how did I do?

Here is the beautiful reference image: [link]

Avril = :heart: she is so pretty, I just love her :love:

Soon I'll be uploading a walkthrough on the lips for this piece which will hopefully give complete beginners an idea on how to vexel without feeling the need to 'livetrace' or posterize first.

Tools:Photoshop CS3, pen tool, mouse, hot chocolate, music

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I know you worked hard on this, with many long hours. Your results are very impressive. With that though, I'd like to offer a few things I "see", from my perspective as a viewer, that look "off"/wrong/flawed...

First up is those eyes. Your lashes are just, well superior there... But those eyes lack a little "shine" and luster. Accurate? Yes... But also a little "flat". Real eyes are moist and supple, like her lips. The eyes need a little gloss I think. I also see a bit of shading on the bridge of the nose is off, as well as the underside. She sorta looks a little "pig snouted" as a result.. Like one nostril "appears" to be larger than the other. Again, that's entirely possible based on the real life person... But it still looks a little funny.. I also think those eyebrows shouldn't be solid. I love how you did the darker brown strands, to show the hairs... And I think they would've looked more impressive if they were ALL strands to make the eyebrows, rather than a base shape under the darker strands... And I see a lot of edges on her cheeks, specifically the cheek by the pink hair. I think some subtle gradients would've worked better than having all those edges be visible..

Now... Having said all of that Leo... I think this piece shows some REAL talent that you have, and skill that's definitely impressive. You should be proud of this piece.
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Having vexelled Avril Lavigne in the past, I know the two challenges you face when using her as a reference... one is her nose and the other are her lips. To the viewer there isn't anything irregular to them, but they are just two zones which for some reason are harder than other parts to render well and for the most part you've nailed it!

Your aim for "photorealism" has been done very well in terms of working from the exact colouring of the reference image. However this is only if you compare them side by side. Avril is wearing heavy make up and may have fallen victim to airbrushing - who's to know. So without seeing the reference image, you might think that her skin is too perfect.

To counteract this, try adding subtle shades of grey towards the corner of the eyes, a little red around the nose area and use the off transparent green gradient to take out some of the orange/red tones from the skin to make it look less... rendered/perfect.

This isn't a critism on your technique, because the technique has been nailed, but more points to consider in the future when using a possible airbrushed reference.

I only have one issue with this piece and that's the rendering of the nose. As stated previously, Avril's nose is a bit of a nightmare to render. I feel that it lacks definition around the nostrils, especially the one on our left. It needs a little shadow behind it to show that it's there.

I think the fact you've added your own smaller modifications to the piece is great... the pink hair, the eyeshadow. I always enjoy seeing what people have added themselves. This leads me onto the eyes...

I think the eyes have been rendered very well, however I'm a bit put off with the very thick chunky eyelashes. This is possible the only area which you couldn't really put the "photorealism" tag on. They are too straight underneath the lash (as they would overhang slightly on the eyeball) and are pretty one colour. They aren't as distracting as the nose, so only a small issue.

All in all, you've done very well. You know it's Avril when looking at her and you can say photorealism. Great piece by you Leo :hug:
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Tjoepoe Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You doing it good Man! Love it! :iconhurrplz:
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VAngelLJ Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks.
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Tjoepoe Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
keep the great artworks flow! :iconhurrdurrplz:
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DCMZed Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The detail in this is astounding, and everything looks beautiful. I love the hair, and how you chose to use pink on one side. I think the eyelashes stand out a little too much, and would benefit either from being a little more defined, or having a gradient to make them darker near the base, to give a curved look.
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VAngelLJ Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:love:
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bubbIies Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, amazing job! :O :love:
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VAngelLJ Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks ^^
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bubbIies Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Welcome! :D
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rjonesdesign Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
looks pretty dang awesome!
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VAngelLJ Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks mate.
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